It was only a month ago that the EDM community voiced its disapproval of booking Hippie Sabotage for Okeechobee 2020, and now the Colorado community is fighting back against the group playing at Red Rocks.
For a refresher, per our Okeechobee artist last month, “Over three years ago, Hippie Sabotage created chaos on stage at What The Festival when their actions forced security to come on stage and shut them down. Instead of complying, they retaliated against security and created a huge fight on stage which then rippled throughout the EDM community and garnered them a lot of hate. They also got into it personally with Ekali, back when Periscope was still a thing.”
The EDM community still has not forgiven or forgotten Hippie Sabotage’s actions, as shown by last month’s outcry against Okeechobee, and now Red Rocks. Their headlining show at the legendary venue was announced Monday, and it was immediately pushed back against.
“FUCK these guys, disgrace to the scene and to artist everywhere. NO CHANCE IN HELL WE WILL BE ATTENDING,” wrote Colorado EDM Family on Twitter.
FUCK these guys, disgrace to the scene and to artist everywhere. NO CHANCE IN HELL WE WILL BE ATTENDING https://t.co/viKTCm9awb
— Pretty Soon (@ColoradoEDMfam_) November 19, 2019
Similar sentiments were shared in the replies to Red Rocks’ original tweet.
Are there really enough hippie sabotage fans out there to fill up red rocks?
Two Feet is excellent and if I were him I would use any opportunity to play at a great venue like red rocks.
Does hippie sabotage have dirt on everyone in the game? They keep getting booked and idk how.
— Jingshen (@Bwow_Chow) November 19, 2019
Those guys are trash and should not be supported. Especially with their own Red Rocks show. So many more artists that would be better for this spot
— Alex (@Alex_Hart012) November 19, 2019
It scares me that people will actually buy tickets to see them. I hope no one travels to red rocks to see them
— Jenna Moss (@jenslomos) November 19, 2019
Despite this apparent rage, Hippie Sabotage continue to sell out venues and have nearly 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify; there’s clearly a disconnect between the EDM community in which their career began and their current fans who spend money to see them on tour.
Hippie Sabotage have not made any comment about the backlash. In fact, they haven’t tweeted since the backlash against Okeechobee last month.
Photo via Virisa Young for Insomniac Events